Jesse Wilmer Davis, Jr. 83, of Havana, FL passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at his residence.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Concord Victory Assembly of God Church with Rev. Lannis Stephens officiating the service. Interment will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Eliam Cemetery Melrose, FL with Military Honors. Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements. (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com)
Mr. Davis was born August 8, 1932 in Linden, FL the son of the late Jesse W. Davis, Sr and the late Nora Taylor Davis. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and was a Master Electrician. He served as a Deacon at Quincy First Assembly of God for many years, and later served as a deacon at Concord Victory Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Davis of Havana, FL, his three sons James W. Davis of Gainesville, FL; Donald E. Davis (wife Mechele) Camden, NC; and Glen W. Davis (wife Nita) of Sparr, FL; a daughter Sharlene M. Dean of Texas. Two sisters Helen M. Davis of Gainesville, FL and Shirley A. Duggan of Dade City, FL. Six grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Earlier this year, Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young and AMIKids, Inc. created a collaborative effort that would put in place opportunities for Gadsden youth to develop job readiness skills and simultaneously decrease the likelihood of involvement with the wrong side of the law.
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Dorothy Jean Gillespie Turner, 82, of Tallahassee, FL passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Big Bend Hospice House.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dave Pullen and Rev. Hilton Gillespie officiating. Interment will follow at Tallahassee Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Faith Funeral Home in Havana. (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com.)
Mrs. Dorothy was born February 8, 1933 in Whigham, GA to the late Gratton Cosmo Gillespie and the late Mary Alta Edwards Gillespie. She graduated from Cairo High School in 1950. On December 10, 1955, she married Jack Turner. Later, she and Jack had three daughters whom she loved very much. She retired from the State of Florida as an administrative assistant, and also retired from The Junior League of Tallahassee. She was a faithful longtime member of the Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene. She taught and influenced many lives in her 50 years of being a Sunday School teacher. She also served in many other capacities over the years at the church including serving on the Church Board and as Missions President.
She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Turner of Mobile, AL and Jackie Turner Marston (husband David) of Tallahassee, FL; her son-in-law, Justin Strickland of Havana, FL; her brother, Rev. Hilton Gillespie (Chris); sisters, Evelyn Eubanks, Mary Poitivent, Loette Buerger, Emily Hickey; her sisters-in-law, Florence Gillespie, Shirley Gillespie and Shelia Edwards; her grandchildren, Jamie McCormick (Ben), Nikki Mosley (Philip), Hailey Marston and Travis Strickland; great-grandchildren, Mary Jane McCormick, Jada Mosley, Debra Jean Mosley and Marley McCormick.
She is also survived by many beloved family members and friends who loved her and ministered to her during her illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Travis Turner; her daughter, Sandi Turner Strickland; brothers, William Gillespie, Earl Gillespie, Gerald Gillespie, Darwin Edwards, M.L. Forehand and Ronald Forehand; sisters, Louise Weiss and Callie Farrow; and her step-mother, Blanche Gillespie.
The Gadsden County Commission recognized Freedom Faith Summer of 1964 with a resolution proclaiming July 6-12, 2015 as the 51st anniversary of the summer in 1964 when student activists from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) engaged in a county-wide voter registration drive.
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